Muse (Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, Dominic Howard) is Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer's favorite rock band. At the end of each of her books, Meyer thanks them for their inspiration: “The many bands and musicians that keep me motivated,” Meyer wrote in the acknowledgments section of Breaking Dawn. “Did I mention Muse already? I did? Too bad. Muse, Muse, Muse…” [Image: Muse performing “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever).”]
So, it's no surprise that Muse has been featured in previous Twilight Saga soundtracks. This time around, however, the band's “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's lead song. In fact, it's the first Eclipse single to come out. Check it out below. [Note from the Editor: In the movie itself, “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” is only briefly heard at a party at the Cullens' house.]
Minimalist 'Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)' music video complaints
Muse's “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” music video is pretty minimalist. It basically consists of shots of the band's performers playing under red and blue lights, interspersed with brief clips from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, mostly culled from the film's two previously released trailers featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, and Bryce Dallas Howard. (There are a few additions as well, most notably a fast-moving bit showing Howard's vindictive vampire Victoria being pursued by huge werewolves.)
Those who hate the Twilight movies have complained that the Eclipse clips have ruined the “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” music video. Others have complained there's nothing “edgy” about Muse's rendition of the song or the music video itself.
But considering that the song in question is called “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” and that the movie in question is the PG-13-rated Eclipse, whose target audience consists of very young women, “edginess” might have been a turn off for many in that crowd. Summit Entertainment's marketing department knows what (and to whom) they're selling.
'Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)' eligible for the Oscars?
Although written in 2009 and inspired by a personal event in Matt Bellamy's life, “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” was recorded expressly for Eclipse. Theoretically, Muse's song could be eligible for the 2011 Best Song Academy Award. [Note from the Editor: Since one gets to hear only a few refrains of “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” in Eclipse, Muse's song was clearly ineligible for the Academy Awards even if it was written expressly for the movie. That goes for the other Twilight songs as well, since the movies in this particular franchise offer an overabundance of pop tunes, which allows for only a few snippets of each to be heard on screen.]
Besides Muse's “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)", the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack album will also include songs by Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Bat for Lashes, Metric, The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, and Cee-Lo. The Eclipse album will be released in the United States on June 8, 2010, and is already available for pre-order online.
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' cast
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and a number of other countries on June 30, 2010. The world premiere will be held in Los Angeles on June 24. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book.
In addition to Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, and Bryce Dallas Howard, the Eclipse cast also features Xavier Samuel, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Daniel Cudmore, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Maria Full of Grace's Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno as the vampire Maria.